watch sport vs watch, opinion needed

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by GadgetGeek407, May 3, 2015.

  1. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    I ordered a 42mm M-loop SS arrives next month, I am reading a lot of posts about how the SS is scratching insanely and how its difficult to view in sunlight.

    In that respect those who may have switched from one to the other, is it worth it to go with the sport and save $$250?

    details appreciated
  2. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Besides the Aluminum versus Stainless Steel, don't forget there's also the sapphire glass and the stainless steel magnetic charger. If you've ever scratched the ion glass on your iPhone, you'll be likely to scratch up the ion glass of the Sport. Granted, you can get a screen protector (tempered glass or plastic) and it will protect that.

    Personally, I'm going for the SS Milanese after having the Aluminum Sport for the past 10 days. I want the shinier look of the stainless steel as well as the sapphire glass.

    I also still have a TPU case and glass screen protector still en route from Amazon arriving tomorrow, and I'd still use it on either model.

    There's also this stainless steel half-case and glass screen protector on Amazon that you could preorder, and that could save you $235, should you revert to the Sport.
  3. lchlch macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2015
    A stainless steel watch will get scratched. But that is what people call a patina. It is said to give the watch character.
  4. Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
  5. trek360 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2011
    I haven't had any issues w scratching on my SS and no issues viewing in sunlight. The watch has taken a few inadvertent strikes to door jams and a shopping cart. Not a scratch on it. I wouldn't drop down to the sport for the reasons you mention.
  6. egeek84 macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2010
    Northern California
    sport looks cheap and tacky compared to SS. SS all the way baby, plebs can only afford sport
  7. Danny80y macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2015
    Had the sport and swapped for a SS just looks and feels nicer deff worth the extra cost. Not had any problems so probably comes down to personal preference. I wouldn't agree the sport looks tacky... It is what it is a sports watch.
  8. ianrip macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2010
    work:Oyu Tolgio, Home:LOS, From Scotland G15
    Buy the Sport
    it's a 1st gen device

    buy the SS, when its the 2nd gen

    easy choice
  9. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    Having purchased both I've decided to keep the Sport. It's lighter, the screen looks marginally better, and it's a more justifiable price for something I will inevitably replace in a year with the next generation device.
  10. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Space Grey Sport is the best all round Apple Watch.
  11. SarZ macrumors regular


    Mar 11, 2008
    If you're going to wear the watch for at least a year then go for the SS
    What's the point having a watch that looks like a toy on your wrist and having to look at it every day
  12. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    The Sport and SS are paupers watch's. :eek: Edition is the only way to go.
  13. Ubuntu macrumors 68000


    Jul 3, 2005
    Do remember to step off your high horse some time.

    OP, I'd go for the SS if you prefer the look. I have the Space Grey Sport and it's great although it still isn't incredibly useful to use in direct sunlight either and will likely show scratches on the screen in time. I'm happy with my purchase but if you prefer the shinier look of the SS I'd go with that.
  14. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2002
    Surrey, UK
    The SS looks a lot better IMO, much higher quality and more like a proper watch; though the Sport is definitely better overall value. It doesn't dent or properly scratch easily, but the surface will very lightly scratch without any effort. I've been baby'ing mine and only carefully wiping with a smooth microfibre cloth, but upon close inspection, there are a lot of very small, fine (you can't feel them) scratches in the finish, but in most situations it's not noticeable; most people with the SS would be the same if they looked close enough in the right light. It will polish out though.

    The sapphire is more reflective than the ion x, though I find it okay (not brilliant) in direct sunlight, just about usable.
  15. lchlch macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2015
    Are you sure, it's not your microfiber cloth that's causing the scratches?
  16. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2002
    Surrey, UK
    I wouldn't think so? I've used the same one on really sensitive surfaces (like a polished grand piano) and it never leaves a mark?
  17. lchlch macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2015
    It depends.

    Small particles trapped in the cloth can scratch the screen. I'm not sure about the grand piano though.
  18. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2002
    Surrey, UK
    The screen should be fine, it's mainly the metal. I have a brand new cloth so might polish the watch then try it with that to see what happens :) Either way, people don't tend to look after things with specific cloths, particularly a watch which you wipe often - a finger wipe, or a wipe on your sleeve! The SS will unfortunately scratch.
  19. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I'm not sure what the issue with a SS charger would be? Although I bought a secondary charger which I assume is SS due to reports but haven't opened it yet.

    The sport is lighter than the SS which was the biggest selling factor to me beyond the fact that I like the matte look.

    Also, I've never personally scratched my iPhone glass but I also don't wear my iPhone on my wrist.

    Unless they make the SS matte and lighter next year, I will probably stick with the sport myself but others are using it as a trial run.
  20. GeorgiaPower macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    SS if you want a little more versatility and benefits of steel and sapphire, Sport otherwise. I was thinking of exchanging my SG42 for an SS or getting 2 watches, but after having the sport for a few days I'm happy with it. People saying the sports look and feel cheap are just flexing for the forum.
  21. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    I think the sport looks like a premium product, the 7000 series aluminum has a nice luster to it. The SS to me looks kinda cheap with that mirror finish. Plus is gets dirty and scratches easily. The sport looks better more of the time without having to constantly clean and buff it.
  22. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    IMO, For a watch, priority always goes to the glass. As long as there is an option for sapphire glass and the cost is affordable. I personally will go for that option. Scratches on the SS won't affect me, but a single scratch on the glass will make me feel very annoying.

    Only after that, if I still have choices, then I will consider the material of the watch body.

    In this case, Sapphire makes the Sports not in my shopping list anymore. Then the choice between gold and SS is very easy for me. SS!

    Last but not least, coating or not coating. Again, if available, always go for the coating. If Apple do it right, the coating should give the watch a very good resistance to scratch. So, my 1st choice is the black SS. Can I afford it? Yes, then it become my final choice.

    Anyway, I have a 38mm M loop in hand now, which arrived on 24th. That's belongs to my daughter, she's just 5yrs old. Obviously she won't over protect the watch. That watch still looks like new now. No crazy scratches, at least I can't see anything in normal distance and lighting. SS will scratch from time to time, but it's just normal SS, not particularly bad SS. I don't think you need to worry about that too much.

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